When you head along to a gig with a bunch of mates/family, you never assume anything bad is going to happen while you’re there. But the truly terrifying events which happened at the November 13 Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Le Bataclan concert hall stunned the world and music loving fans alike. Gunmen stormed the venue and opened fire of those attending, leaving at least 118 people dead and many more sustaining injuries. Among the dead was Nick Alexander, the band’s merch manager who had previously worked with acts such as Sum 41, Panic! at the Disco and The Black Keys in a similar position and project manager for Metallica, Thomas Ayad.
The horrific accounts from fans a members of the bands that were performing that night send cold shivers up your spine because of the reason being “you never think the concert you’re attending could be your last“. Speaking out in their first official interview after the attack, members of EODM (including Josh Homme who wasn’t present at the time) sat down with VICE to share their stories
And in quite possibly one of the noblest and bravest statements from anyone who survived such a horrific experience, drummer Julian Dorio posted on his Instagram account that he wants to go back and finish the concert:
“November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head.
I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families. I’m home safe. And now I have a new family abroad.
To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you.
To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes. Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you’ll ever know. I will never forget it.
I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. I’m counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love. #prayforparis #bataclan #eodm”
Our thoughts go out to everyone involved.